We applied for Taiyo's green card pretty soon after we got married, but since it was based on marriage we had to provide a packet of evidence showing that our marriage is legit and real, and even then the green card is only good for 2 years, at which time we have to submit another packet of evidence to show that we've stayed together for the past 2 years, and things are still "real." Then the short-term conditions can be removed. We submitted the I-751 to remove his conditions in July 2011. Last week we finally got notice that our application was approved, and we got Taiyo's "permanent" permanent resident card in the mail! We're almost done with the immigration process! Next step: US citizenship, which he is eligible to apply for on Oct 14, 2012.